Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jekyll Island, Georgia: Fins On The Beach!

Fins on the Beach was a beautiful place to dine. It was oceanfront, with a well lit exterior and gorgeous landscaped grounds. Walking toward the parking lot was a delight. The sun had already set and the cool salty breezes were blowing off the sea. I was immediately in the mood for delicious seafood. Walking towards the door, I noticed a great place to sit outside and dine. After going inside, I took note of the light decor that really fit the theme of the restaurant. It was clean inside and it smelled really good! We were the only family up front and we waited more than five minutes before we were noticed and seated. After being seated, we ordered drinks. The kids colored activity sheets while we waited. When the drinks arrived, a container of hushpuppies was set on the table. Instantly, we all took one and savored the flavors. These hushpuppies were divine. I wanted to take a box (a very BIG box) of them home! We waited patiently for our dinner to arrive. With the neverending (they kept them coming at our request) hushpuppies, it wasn't hard to do!
We ordered Cannonball Shrimp for starters. We asked for the sauce on the side. Sam doesn't like spicy food that much, and Logan has a hard time eating it sometimes. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the breading was crisp and flavorful. The shrimp were served over a Caesar Salad, minus the croutons, which was nice because I didn't order a salad with dinner. The lettuce was cool and crisp. You could tell it was fresh!
My husband ordered After The Storm Boat Bounty. Wild Georgia Shrimp, fried oysters, scallops and fish seemed to be a great combination. After tasting the Cannonball Shrimp, we expected this shrimp to be just as good! It wasn't. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, but it went from spectacular to slightly better than average. Maybe a different chef prepared this entree. We were told this was a possibility. Everything tasted different, right down to the batter. The scallops were not real scallops, but they were tasty. Everything else was really good, especially the fish. A gentleman sitting behind us also loved the fried fish and I overheard him talking to the staff about it!
I ordered Blackened Mahi Mahi served on a seasoned wooden plan. The presentation was really nice. The blackened seasoning was a little light, almost too light, but it had a great flavor. The mild flavored fish was a little dry, but other than that, it was good. The fries were unevenly cooked. Most were perfect, but I found some needed a little longer in the fryer. Let's get back to those hushpuppies! Did I mention how great they were!
Logan enjoyed Steamed Crab Legs. Actually, we all did. They were cooked perfectly and they had beautiful color. The presentation wowed Logan and the rest of us too. Logan easily cracked the legs open and found moist crab meat that was so good, he bypassed the butter!
Sam enjoyed his fried shrimp and french fries, and of course, ketchup. Lots and lots of ketchup! After pouring the ketchup, he dove in and ate almost all of his dinner. It looked like a generous portion for a child's shrimp plate and we were treated to an instant "This is good", which he doesn't always say after that first bite.
The waitress here was new, and she seemed to be learning the ropes. She was a little slow refilling drinks and she forgot a few things, but she was better as the evening progressed. She was always friendly and she was always smiling, even though she still seemed a little uncertain. We enjoyed our time dining at Fins. The atmosphere was great and the views were stunning!
Disclosure: Dinner at Fins On The Beach was provided in exchange for this feature. Honest opinions given.

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